Hyundai: What can we expect in 2021?

Hyundai: What can we expect in 2021?

The South Korean manufacturer has an exciting range of models on the way next year

While many manufacturers slowed plans down during 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the same can’t be said for Hyundai.

It launched next-generation versions of its i10 and i20 small cars, while updating the appealing i30 and all the variants that come with it. We’ve also seen the wraps pulled off a number of new cars that are on the way in 2021, which is set to be the busiest yet for the firm. 

So what can we expect to see from Hyundai in 2021? Let’s take a look. 

New i20 N

Hyundai has already showcased what its performance ‘N’ division is capable of, and we have very high hopes for the firm’s new i20 N, which joins the range in 2021 as a direct rival to the Ford Fiesta ST. 

Boasting a 201bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, the i20 N promises to be able to sprint to 60mph in just 6.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 143mph. Taking inspiration from the firm’s rally car, this Hyundai should prove to be one of 2021’s most fun new cars. 

Updated Kona

Hyundai has had lots of success with the Kona crossover since its introduction in 2017 – not least due to the Electric model that’s capable of a 300-mile range. 

And next year the EV is being refreshed alongside its petrol and hybrid siblings – introducing bolder styling, new technology and also a new mild-hybrid petrol option on the standard car. The updated Kona reaches showrooms in January, with prices starting from £21,060. 

Revised i30 N and i30 N Fastback

The i30 N was the first road car to come from the brand’s performance division and it quickly established itself as one of the best hot hatches you could buy on the market – no easy task in this competitive class. 

And following on from the update of the standard i30 model in 2020, the N model arrives facelifted in 2021 in both hatchback and Fastback form. Key changes include the option of an automatic gearbox for the first time, new technology and larger 19-inch alloy wheels. 

Brand new Tucson

The Tucson SUV is now Hyundai’s best-selling model in the UK, and the model certainly isn’t doing things by half with the new fourth-generation car. Boasting a striking new design made up of something the firm calls ‘Parametric Jewel Hidden Lights’ and new electrified powertrains, with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid models all on offer. 

Arriving in showrooms right at the start of 2021, with prices starting from £28,495, the Tucson also gains new tech – including a digital instrument cluster and a system that can stop reversing collisions.  

Updated Santa Fe

Hyundai’s largest model sold in the UK – the Santa Fe – might not have the same desirability as other SUVs it sits alongside, but when it comes to spaciousness and value for money, it’s hard to knock. 

It’s set to feature the same hybrid powertrains as the Tucson, and though it might look like a facelift, the Sante Fe actually sits on a new platform compared to its predecessor. It’s set to arrive in dealerships at the beginning of next year, though prices are yet to be revealed. 

New Bayon crossover

Hyundai will also introduce an all-new model in 2021, and it’s one that’s so far shrouded in mystery. In fact one of the few things we know for definite about it is that it will be Hyundai’s smallest crossover/SUV – slotting in the range beneath the Kona. 

Named after a region in France, the Bayon is set to arrive in the first half of 2021, and will likely feature the same mild-hybrid powertrains found in the updated Kona.

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